South African Souvenirs

South African Souvenirs with a Conscience

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South Africa is famous for its exotic wildlife, beautiful national parks and vibrant cities but what are the best local gifts to take home from your vacation? Social business Door to Europe has spent the past two years helping South African companies sell their products in Europe and shared their three favourite socially conscious souvenirs to take home from South Africa.

1, Little Pine Tree Toys. Johannesburg-based social enterprise Little Pine Tree teaches unemployed women how to knit beautiful amigurumi toys, giving them the chance to earn a stable income for themselves and their families. Because their toys are hand-knitted, they do not contain any of the harmful chemicals found in plastic toys and customers can feel good about buying from Little Pine Tree’s team of local creators. If you’re feeling charitable you can even donate a toy to a charitable organisation of your choosing through the Little Pine Tree website.

To shop the Little Pine Tree collection or donate a toy, please visit

2, Katy Valentine Jewellery. Johannesburg-based jewellery company The Katy Valentine Collection incorporates antique African beads and Indian gemstones into delicate, minimalist designs. Upcycling antique African beads not only adds a sustainable element to Katy’s jewellery but also gives each item a unique feel and piece of heritage, turning her jewellery into an instant talking point.

To browse Katy’s collection and find a full list of her stockists, please visit

3, Fairafric Chocolate. Whilst not technically local, Fairafric is the first company of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa and produces bean-to-bar organic chocolate on site in Ghana. By doing so, Fairafric has brought well-paid, highly skilled production jobs to the local community, encouraged sustainable cocoa farming practices and opened access to better education and healthcare for their employees, letting you feel good about indulging your sweet tooth!

Their organic chocolates come in a wide range of flavours and are all available to purchase online at

For more information about Door to Europe Business and their African partners, please visit

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